This ceremony was designed to welcome baby boy Gechter to the covenant of the Jewish people. The full ceremony is available for download at the PDF below and may be modified or used as a template for other Lit. Covenant. Judaism is defined by the covenant - the contract between the Jewish people and God. God promises to make us abundant and to give us the land of Israel; we promise to obey God's commandments. This covenant begins with Abraham and is reiterated throughout the Torah. A brit milah, literally a covenant of circumcision, is often simply called a brit or bris. ceremonies.
Thank you for being here to welcome our son into the Jewish people on the eighth day of his life. We will mark this celebration with singing, blessings, ritual circumcision, naming, and food. Lit. Covenant of circumcision. As a sign of the covenant, God commanded Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants. An infant boy is circumcised on the eighth day of his life, often at home or in synagogue. A festive meal follows. (or bris, aka ritual circumcision) is a practice we first learn of from Godʼs instructions to Abraham is the first patriarch and the father of the Jewish people. He is the husband of Sarah and the father of Isaac and Ishmael. God's covenant - that we will be a great people and inherit the land of Israel - begins with Abraham and is marked by his circumcision, the first in Jewish history. His Hebrew name is Avraham. in the The Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general., and ever since has been
carried on continuously by our people, including the time when Mosheʼs wife Tzipora circumcised their son. While it has not always been easy to maintain this ritual over the course of history, in continuing to do so, it ties each community member to our ancient covenant. Today we declare the modern relevance of our practices and affirm that we value connection to God and to community. We hope our son will walk through life exploring the balance between ancient and modern elements of Judaism—striving for meaning, purpose, sensitivity, and commitment in his expression of Judaism.